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Just a Game

TriumphAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00008FD1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Movin' On
2. Lay It on the Line
3. Young Enough to Cry
4. American Girls
5. Just a Game
6. Fantasy Serenade [Instrumental]
7. Hold On
8. Suitcase Blues

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic! May 3, 2006
By Sandman
Format:Audio CD
This was indeed a very good listen back in the day and the newly remastered one is true to form. The songs and sound are all top notch. Tunes like American Girls, Lay It On The line and Just A game are highlights on this great offering, ah hell they all sound good!!

Triumph was on a roll with their first 3 releases and up here in Canada, they were giving Rush (another fantastic Canadian band) a run for their money back then. Triumph has long since passed on since from their heydays in the late 70's early 80's. Rush continues to rock as strong as ever and hopefully will for some time to come. The beginning of the end for Triumph was in the mid 80's when record sales dipped as their quality dropped. After a few sub par 80's releases, Rik Emmett decided to go the solo route and has seen some success, but nothing like he did when Triumph was riding high.

Triumph had their day and this cd represents what they had to offer back then. All in all a great rock & roll album and a must have for any true classic rock fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good rock & roll November 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
not my favorite triumph album, but 4 or 5 really great songs, love the guitar work.I think it was their last great album, still love their 1st album best, (24 hours a day) but buy far this is a great album to listen to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about versatility June 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is a lost late 1970's gem. It shows the range and versatility of all three members of the band. It's worth the price of admission, so to speak, just for "Hold On" and "Lay It On The Line". However, this album is much deeper than those two classic rock diamonds. "Just A Game" and "Suitcase Blues" should be standard fare on any legitimate 70's rock collections as well. Sadly, Rick, Gil, and Mike were overshadowed by Geddy, Neal, and Alex. Who would have thought Canada wasn't big enough for two amazing power trios?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before there were hair bands, there was Triumph.. March 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Commonly considered a hair band, Triumph may be singlehandedly responsible for starting a genre. However, setting them apart from the Big Haired bands that followed was a tremendous talent on the guitar in Rik Emmet and a powerful and driving backbeat from the drums of Gil Moore. This Canadian trio set the stage for many wannabes that followed. This album is certainly their most popular album, if not their best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT A GAME, BUT FUN!!!! February 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This, the third album by Canadian rockers Triumph, is a showcase of talents. Once again the musical abilities of the three is as strong as ever. The variety of the music is great including the blues title "Suitcase Blues". The instrumental "Fantasy Serenade" profiles the prowess of Rik Emmett on guitar, as do all the tracks. There are 2 incredibly great songs here; "Lay it on the Line" and "Hold On", not to mention "Just a Game" and "Young Enough to Cry". There are no songs that you will want to avoid, unless you like all ballads or all hard rock. The key with Triumph is talent and variety. This was their first major U.S. release and it set them up firmly in the AOR playlists. It's actually cool to hear songs from this used in commercials and promoting TV shows now. A definite buy for the serious music lover.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!!!!!! September 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I remember when "Allied Forces" was the hot new album & all of the buzz. Somebody made me a copy of it recently, & I thought, "This is cool", but it kind of lay forgotten, & I assumed Triumph was a one album wonder. Yesterday, I turned on the radio while waiting for a friend to come out of her apartment & herad "Lay It On The Line". I thought, "Who's THIS?" I discovered it was Triumph & IMMEDIATELY purchased this CD. BOY, AM I GLAD I WAS MISTAKEN ABOUT THIS GROUP! I dont use... or take... this word lightly, but this album is a MASTERPIECE!!!! Rik Emmett has a classical influence to his guitar style, & it comes through on his slower compositions. (They still rock, but with a slower tempo) Now, I love flat out rocking as much as the next guy, (I'm a metalhead from back in the day!) but I think these slower tracks are where the band shine their brightest. My favorite track on here is the title track. I don't know what else to say but WOW!!! "Young Enough To Cry" is a blues metal masterpiece in it's own right. And for those who prefer the straight ahead rockers, this album has that, too. "Movin' On" & "American Girls" are CLASSIC late 70's/early 80's hard rockers!!! I am listening to "Allied Forces" as I type this, & I may be wrong, but (IMHO)I think the difference between early & later Triumph is the later albums were more produced, making them a slightly commercial power pop metal. NOW, I'M NOT SAYING THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!! I need my head examined for EVER putting "Allied Forces" in the mothballs! So far, though, I prefer the early sound. Bottom line: If you want to hear some good old fashioned hard rock/classic metal equipped with some of the most beautiful guitar melodies ever laid down, BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Band Made for a "Greatest Hits" February 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
4 1/2 really. While Triumph was able to write great songs, this is their only release that sounds good from beginning to end. Lay It On The Line, Just A Game, & Suitcase Blues have to be on any release that calls itself a "Best of."

The sweet, jazzy Suitcase Blues ranks among my favorite Triumph song and many times have I walked around with its melody and lyrics swimming through my head.

Take a few songs from each of their albums, place then on a double CD and you've got early 80s perfection. Before arthritis killed my "rock star" future, I played several Triumph songs on guitar and enjoyed each one of them.

Buy it NOW!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album worth buying
This was the first Triumph album I bought and it was worth the purchase price. The songs Moving On is a solid opening rocker followed by Lay It On the Line a great song. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kelly Groce
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph Gems!
If you have never listened to Triumph and you like old straightforward rock and roll, give them a try. I have almost all of their albums and they never disappointed me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Fan!!
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
some great tracks on this one. the band was at full force when this came out with rich sound that would fill any arena.
Published 10 months ago by Prema1
5.0 out of 5 stars good times
i owned the tape of this when i was younger & played it all the time. the sound quality of this is great & i think this is triumph's finest recording.
Published 14 months ago by kevin d kelleher
3.0 out of 5 stars "Hold On" is a guilty pleasure
I'm a big fan of Rik Emmett's guitar playing and buy Triumph CDs used just to get the instrumentals. Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by Keith A. Morse
4.0 out of 5 stars The pre-quel to ALLIED FORCES!!!!!
JUST A GAME, BY TRIUMPH IS THE BEGINNING OF THEIR 4 GREATEST ALBUMS IN MY OPINION. THIS DISC FEATURES THE CLASSICS: LAY IN ON THE LINE, HOLD ON, AND SUITCASE BLUES. Read more
Published on May 26, 2012 by Troy Adcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Good advice
I too am a Triumph fan but only with the second lead singer (Rick Emmett). I was going to purchase "Classics" to go along with my "Never Surrender" CD but came across a review that... Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by H2otown
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph: Just a Game
This was the first album I ever bought from this band and I was hooked. I really liked every song on the album and actually sang the last song, Suitcase Blues, to my kids to put... Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by David Calhoun
5.0 out of 5 stars Suitcase Blues
Perhaps on of my all time favorite CD's. Suitcase Bluse a favorite all time track. I remember hear of how band "x" promotes or prompts young contemplate suicide or drug use - but I... Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by Stephen Pellerine
4.0 out of 5 stars What Great Remastering
The just a game album is a great and the remastering job they did on it is outstanding it is worth every penny I'm happy not only with the album but also with amazon. Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by Jason Bourne
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